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It may be that Japanese business people are better at finding value in a seemingly pointless meeting than many Western business people.

Some interesting intercultural essays from Japanese students.

Why are the Japanese more considerate of other people compared to the British or indeed many other nationalities?

Japanese society is permeated by a strong concern for how what you say or do affects others, to a far greater extent than in the UK.

The other day I was teaching a seminar on Working Effectively with Americans to a group of Japanese expatriates from a major electronics manufacturer’s U.S. subsidiary. We were discussing things that they found challenging about working with Americans, and they mentioned something that I’ve heard from many other similar groups – that Americans are not good at visual presentation of data (charts, graphs, diagrams, sketches, etc.)

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